Why, precisely, Yoko Ono would have decided to emblazon 73 shop windows on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills with her well-known "instruction" pieces of the 1960s (instructions for the creation of a work of art, event, film and/or dance) is a mystery. Less mysterious--unfortunately--is the way, at least in this context, the work falls utterly and completely flat.
Take "Blood Piece," which reads, "Use your blood to paint. Keep painting until you faint. Keep painting until you die"; or "Travel Piece," which says, "Make a key. Find a lock that fits. If you find it, burn the house that is attached to it." Printed in cheery yellow on the front windows of stores like Tiffany & Co., Polo/Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani, such would-be (perhaps even once-were) anarchic sentiments are denuded of any power or poetry.
All but drowned out by this sovereign shopping district's screaming glut of signage (which ranges from familiar designer logos to "Going Out of Business" banners to windows imprinted with long texts extolling, "Zegna Style: The High Performance Suit"), Ono's Fluxus-themed propositions at best evoke a nostalgic allure--as in the window of Gucci, where they perfectly suit Tom Ford's retro fashions--and, at worst, suggest a capitulation to the commercial.